What to consider when selecting care services for your loved one?

Published June 8, 2016 in Caregiving  By  Covered Caregiver Information Desk
care service

Home care services are given to someone, usually an older adult, who can no longer manage his or her own personal needs. For the most part, home care is given to people who require care services due to failing health issues or changing conditions in their lifestyle. This kind of assistance is provided in-home and ensures that you or your loved one remains as independent as prior to their change in health status.

Most people receiving care at home are older adults, elders, and individuals recuperating after hospitalization. They are supported at home and assured their personal needs and everyday activities are met. Depending on the type of home care and the specific needs of your elderly parent, the service may include personal, homemaker, or in-home companionship care services.

Home care is considered to be non-medical care (or custodial care) and is administered by certified healthcare professionals or registered Home Care Aides.

There is a diversity of home health services available to you. If you are searching for home assistance only, then calling a care agency that provides homemaker services is your best option. Homemaker services includes domestic work which can range from light to heavy housework. It is important for you to choose a licensed home care provider as they carefully check the background of any and all your potential providers. Another option is for specialty services. This may be appropriate for you when most of your caring needs require personal care – as you may be going through a debilitating disease or placed on hospice by your doctor.

Before you choose a care service, it is important to make a comparison of home care services. Since home care services are given by an assortment of trained healthcare professionals, make certain to have a qualified caregiver that will focus on you or your loved one’s needs. Choose cautiously between the rate given to the value of services provided – some home care services can be provided either for profit or non-profit, which can tell much about that agency. Agencies with quality care will always meet with you first to perform a care assessment. They may even bring a potential care provider with them after learning a little about you or your loved one over the phone. After an assessment and a match with the right care provider, they will suggest a care plan that details the amount of days and hours per day required.

When a process like this is in place, then you know that the caregiving agency puts you or your loved one first. If agencies attempt sending a caregiver prior to an assessment, without meeting them first, or a rate that may sound too good to be true, then always place the health and safety of your family member first before convenience and a bargain price.

In the health and caregiving industries, there is a difference between in-home care services and  home health agencies. In-home care as mentioned earlier is considered non-medical, while home health agencies fall under the medical category. Home health arranges for teams of complete healthcare and medical professionals including doctors, nurses, and therapists. Although, they sound similar by their name alone, in-home care services and home health agencies complement one another. This is crucial for patients with medical health conditions that need monitoring and close observation for 24 hours. As a home health agency may send a nurse once per week, a physical therapist twice a week and a doctor once a month, the in home care organization will have a caregiver present during and in between these times.